Tom Grogan, Associate, Corporate

Personal Profile

Tom is an Associate in the Corporate Department and Co-Leads the Blockchain Group. He has a deep understanding of emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence/machine learning, their possible use-cases and their legal and regulatory treatment.

Tom has experience advising high-profile government clients on the formulation of their blockchain and other emerging technology policies across a variety of sectors, including education, trade, finance and healthcare.  He regularly advises and provides educational sessions to innovative corporates and forward-thinking governments on their digital strategies, policies and legal and regulatory frameworks.

Tom regularly speaks on the topic of emerging technologies and the law and, in 2019 alone, Tom has addressed delegates in Abu Dhabi, Norway, Gibraltar and Uganda.  Notably, Tom also recently spoke to the EU Commission's Blockchain Observatory and Forum on the convergence of emerging technologies and lectured on UCL's Blockchain Executive Education programme on the legal and regulatory treatment of distributed ledger technologies.  Tom is one of the four member leadership team for the Blockchain working group of Tech London Advocates, a leading industry network of technology leaders, entrepreneurs and experts.

In addition to his emerging technologies work, Tom advises on a full range of corporate transactions including international mergers and acquisitions, equity fundraisings and shareholder arrangements, corporate reorganisations and general corporate advisory work. He also regularly supports the Tokenised Assets Group on their security and token offerings by way of ICOs, tokenomics and OTC trades.

Tom enjoys working with entrepreneurial clients, in particular assisting them with early stage fundraisings and the legal and commercial issues affecting start-up companies. Tom has mentored a number of early stage businesses through various accelerator programmes, including Conception X and StateZero Labs.  Tom also sits on the M:Tech panel, responsible for overseeing the firm's M:Tech initiative.

Key Experience

  • Advising a high-profile government client in the UAE on the creation of a blockchain policy that will be applied to various sectors including education, trade, finance and healthcare

  • Led the formation of a Blockchain Technology Steering Group for a high-profile government client in the UAE, to inform the development of its regional blockchain adoption policies

  • Advising New Commonwealth Limited on securing seed funding in relation to its tokenised real estate offering.

Career History

Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Trainee Solicitor, Allen & Overy LLP
Lancaster University, Law

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